CBA Class AA finalist again

Christian Brothers Academy was in seventh heaven Tuesday night. The Brothers scored the first seven
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Christian Brothers Academy was in seventh heaven Tuesday night.

The Brothers scored the first seven points in overtime and were never threatened afterward on the way to a 63-56 Section II Class AA semifinal triumph over Shenendehowa at the Times Union Center.

The win propelled CBA into its seventh straight championship game, matching Shenendehowa’s run of title-game appearances from 1985 through 1991.

“I don’t know what it says about our program, but it says everything about these kids,” CBA coach Dave Doem­el beamed after ending Shenendehowa’s 17-game winning streak. “They don’t do it very pretty, but they get it done.”

The Brothers (Big 10 No. 2 seed, 20-3) got it done in the extra session, outscoring their foe, 14-7, after Matt Lee’s deep buzzer-beating jumper from the left wing tied the contest at 49-49. Had the senior been just a few inches deeper, the Plainsmen (Suburban Council No. 1, 21-2) would have been headed to next Tuesday’s title game here against Albany Academy.

“We had our chances. It just didn’t happen for us,” coach Tony Dzikas said after Shenendehowa was denied its first title-game berth since winning the large-school crown in 1996. “We’ve had games where it’s going our way. Tonight, it wasn’t.

“It hurts now, and it’s going to hurt tonight, but we lost to a very good CBA team. These guys should be proud of what they accomplished.”

The Brothers were, after Andrew Stire sank a baseline jumper to set the overtime tone, and Galal Cancer and Max Weaver both delivered five points to help seal Shenendehowa’s fate.

“It’s a great feeling,” said CBA junior forward Kameron Ritter, whose successful drive capped the 7-0 OT run. “We have a history here and it’s a burden for each team to follow, and we followed it up. Getting there [to the final] is a goal at the end of every year.”

“I feel ecstatic right now,” said Doemel, who guided the Brothers to three straight titles before losing to Bishop Maginn in 2007 and 2008. “Any time you get to play another game, it’s fun.”

Weaver came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points, with the sophomore guard going 9-for-10 from the line, including a 3-for-4 effort in the final minute of overtime. Ritter netted 15 points, Cancer had 13 points, nine rebounds and two key steals early in overtime, and Stire finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Stire stuck his jumper 30 seconds into overtime to break the game’s 11th tie, Cancer padded CBA’s lead with a foul shot and a short jumper, and Ritter’s drive made it 56-49 with 1:45 left. Cancer set up that basket with his second OT steal, tip-toeing the sideline before feeding his teammate.

“All season we’ve played as a team, and that’s how it went in overtime,” said Cancer, a soph­omore guard. “We all had to contribute. We all stepped it up.”

Lee ended Shenendehowa’s OT drought on a free throw with 1:27 to go before Weaver scored on a feed from Stire and then added a free throw.

“It’s a game of momentum,” said Dzikas. “They started with it, we gathered some and they had the last run.”

Stire scored inside, and Ritter sank a short runner with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to nudge CBA ahead, 49-47, setting the stage for Lee’s buzzer-beater.

“That was a hell of a shot. It’s not like we weren’t guarding him,” Doemel said. “Sometimes, you’ve got to tip your hat.”

Matt Miner paced Shenendehowa with 21 points, including eight in a 16-4 third-quarter run as Shenendehowa turned a 29-19 deficit into a 35-33 lead.

Jamel Fields collected 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Iona-bound Chris Pelcher had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Albany Academy (22-1) outlasted Bishop Maginn (19-4) in overtime, 60-59, and ended the Griffins’ hopes of a repeat state title.

Jimmer Bennett’s layup with six seconds left provided the final margin, after Bishop Maginn had rallied from a 36-25 halftime deficit to tie it at 51-51.

Taran Buie nailed six threes and totaled 30 points for Bishop Maginn, which hadn’t lost to a Section II opponent (CBA) since midway through the 2006-07 season.

CBA 63, SHENENDEHOWA 56 (OT)

CBA

Weaver 4-9-19, Krong 1-0-2, Cancer 4-5-13, Ritter 5-5-15, Dennis 1-0-2, Stire 5-2-12. Totals: 20-21-63.

SHENENDEHOWA

Milvaney 2-5-9, Miner 8-3-21, Reyes 1-2-5, Hernandez 1-2-4, M. Lee 2-1-5, D. Lee 1-0-3, Murphy 2-5-9. Totals: 17-18-56.

CBA 13 14 11 11 14 — 63

Shenendehowa 11  8 16 14  7 — 56

Three-point goals: Weaver 2, Miner 2, Reyes, D. Lee.

ALBANY ACADEMY 60, BISHOP MAGINN 59 (OT)

ALBANY ACADEMY

Hart 3-0-8, Bennett 2-2-7, Fields 6-8-22, Foster 3-0-8, Pelcher 5-5-15. Totals: 19-15-60.

BISHOP MAGINN

Burrell 1-0-2, Buie 10-4-30, Scott 4-0-10, Kargbo 4-3-11, Torres 3-0-6. Totals: 22-7-59.

Albany Academy 14 22 10 5 9 — 60

Bishop Maginn 14 11 17 9 8 — 59

Three-point goals: Hart 2, Bennett, Fields 2, Foster 2, Buie 6, Scott 2.

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